Beautiful methodist chapel in Barton In The Beans
I was going to go caching with Isaac on Sunday this weekend but the weather forecast did not favour Sunday, so I opted to go on my own on Saturday instead. As it turns out, we had beautiful weather on Sunday too, so I could have gone caching them in the end. Typical!
Part of the walk is along the Leicestershire Round - a network of paths round the edge of the county
My main target for the day is the Burgo and Beans series, which is a figure of 8 walk between two villages with the very unusual names of Newton Burgoland and Barton In The Beans. After that I had two options:
- another circular walk of about 4 miles near Ashby De La Zouch
- as many other caches as I could find in the area, picking on easier caches
Battlefield Line old railway - looks great with lots of old diesel locos going up and down the old tracks
I parked up in the lovely village of Barton and set off on foot. Nothing too taxing caching wise on this series, with all caches having spot-on co-ords and sensible hides. Quite a few of the hides were either fun containers or well thought out hides which added to my enjoyment. The walk was an excellent variation of different terrain and scenery too :-).
Which way next?
My only failure was on the penultimate cache of the series, which was a small bright green bison tube hanging on a fence. How could I miss it? Try as I might I could not spot it and after 15 minutes looking for it I gave up and moved on. I see it was found later the same day and in the days following this, so I’m not sure what I was missing. Oh well, you can’t find them all…
The very pretty canal section of the walk
I’d not been feeling 100% at the start of the day as I’ve got a mild cold so opted for the easy option for the rest of the day and set off to find some drive-by’s and shorter walk caches. Ordinarily I would have done the next walk as I was looking forward to it, but was just not feeling full of energy at this stage.
Not many buses stop here! A sheltered seat looking out over the fields.
I did a few caches near to Barton, including a great one at the site of an old Gibbet. Here’s a link to the cache concerned as the history of the place makes gruesome reading :-).
The Gibbet Post near to a cache
I was wondering where to head for next as I still had tons of time left so spent a while scouring the possibilities on Memory Map. The area just to the south of Swadlincote looked promising and was an area we’ve enjoyed caching in before, so off I headed.
Quite a few more quick and easy caches followed, including one on a lovely longer walk up a hill called Hanging Hill. What is it with these parts and gruesome places? First a gibbet and now a hanging hill! All good fun now, but I bet they were not places you’d want to go anywhere near in years gone by :-(.
The Moira Wilderness - an area where coal pits once were and it's not quite given itself over to nature yet
After I’d done in this area, I had another look at Memory Map and the area towards Bretby looked promising. We’d had a DNF in this area ages ago but there are now quite a few other caches to keep me interested. A short drive later and I was at the first one.
Great views from the hills in the Bretby Estate
A couple of the Bretby caches were in some lovely bluebell carpeted woods on the Bretby Estate and an absolute pleasure to walk to. One of the fab things about this time of year and caching is being taken to beautiful places like this :-).
It was now time to start heading for home, but with 49 finds for the day I just had to find at least one more…
Lovely bluebells near to one of the caches
On the way to Burton On Trent I passed through an area called Briz Valley, which had quite a few new caches in it. Perfect :-).
I managed a final three caches here, including one that the specimin bottle cache container had been found by a muggle and used for it’s real purpose. Needless to say when I opened it, I thought it was water and shook the container to get rid of the water. I ended up with someone’s wee all over my hands and t-short – yuck! I’m so glad it’s at the end of the day and not the start of the day as I can go home and take a shower now.
Views from the 'wee' cache - not bad at all, shame about the cache though
Just before I got on the main A38 to home, I could not resist one last cache at a TB hotel just by the junction.
53 finds in total for the day and another great day out (apart from the wee incident). Here’s a link to a plot of my route for the day on Everytrail.com, including photos from along the way.